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Our Mission

MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota. We publish online at www.minnpost.com Monday through Friday with a limited edition on Saturday and a Sunday Review.

MinnPost provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists, many of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. MinnPost adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

The site also includes commentary pieces from the community, and comments from readers on individual stories. MinnPost does not endorse candidates for office or publish unsigned editorials representing an institutional position. We encourage broad-ranging, civil discussion from many points of view.

We believe that in-depth, civic-minded journalism is a community asset that sustains democracy and quality of life, and we need people who believe in it to support our work. Our work is funded by individual donors, foundations, advertisers and sponsors.

As of June 2020, MinnPost had more than 5,000 member-donor households contributing amounts ranging from $1 to more than $20,000 a year. A little over half of our donors are sustaining members who make automatic recurring donations.

You can view the 2019 individual donor list here. MinnPost is grateful to recognize our generous supporters, and we’re committed to transparency to our readers about the sources of our funding.

Our Major Funders

MinnPost’s initial funding of $850,000 came from four families: John and Sage Cowles, Lee Lynch and Terry Saario, Joel and Laurie Kramer, and David and Vicki Cox.

Currently, grant support of $50,000 a year or more comes from: The Otto Bremer Trust (Greater Minnesota reporting), Facebook Journalism Project (digital growth), The McKnight Foundation (general operating), and The Joyce Foundation (effective democracy,  environment, and gun violence prevention).

In 2020, in response to the negative impact COVID-19 had on our advertising revenue, MinnPost applied for and received a $250,000 loan through the Payroll Protection Program of the CARES Act to cover payroll and rent. A large portion of this loan will be forgivable. Funding sources play no role in MinnPost’s journalism.

Major foundation support has come from the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, Bush Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Martin and Brown Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation, and The Saint Paul Foundation.

Board of Directors: Jill Field, Chair; Lee Lynch, Chair Emeritus; John Satorius, Secretary; Mark Abeln, Kevin Armstrong, Karin Birkeland, Katie Cole, A.J. Colianni, Fran Davis, Jack Dempsey, Lynette Dumalag, Jim Erickson, Chau Espenson, Nancy Feldman, David Hartwell, Vernae Hasbargen, Diane Hofstede, Tom Horner, Peter Hutchinson, Kim Kieves, Barbara Klaas, Joel Kramer, Laurie Kramer, Jane Mauer, Bill McKinney, Glenn Miller, Max Musicant, Ann Possis, Fred Semmer, Toya Stewart Downey, Chelle Stoner, and John Tieszen.

Advisory Council: Terri Barreiro, Peter Bell, Wendy Blackshaw, Laura Bloomberg, Scott Burns, Lauren Collins, Jay Cowles, Toby Dayton, Samuel Heins, Sue Herridge, Lars Leafblad, Kathy Longo, David Moore Jr., Mike Moore, Beth Parkhill, David Plimpton, Susan Plimpton, Mary Pickard, Kim Snyder, Missy Staples Thompson, Kari Swan, and Chris Widdess.

MinnPost Board Of Directors 2020 with affiliations [PDF]

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